The U.K.'s dismal weather is recognized worldwide. Its surfing? Not so much ... but it's getting there. As in any cold and inconsistent locale, surfing in the United Kingdom is truly a labor of love. Fifty years ago, British surfing consisted of a couple of ill-outfitted (yet enterprising) characters in ambitiously layered wetsuits. "The Endless Winter -- A Very British Surf Movie" tells the story of how it got from there to where it is today: a slew of mags, 6-star primes, Still Filthy sections, and more than 300,000 surfers.
Shot by Anthony Butler and directed by Matt Crocker and James Dean, the feature-length doc follows Newquay pros Mark "Egor" Harris and Mitch Corbett from the south coast of England to the northern tip of Scotland. Along the way, they surf significant breaks like Sennen, the Severn Bore, and Thurso with Britain's key [surfing] cultural players and pioneers.
"Our film is about characters, heritage, and uncompromising passion," The Endless Winter crew says. "It's a film that will show that our much maligned weather conditions create some of the best and most unique surf in the world. Our film is about a very British lifestyle -- a lifestyle of dedication, exploration, and occasional hedonism!"
Though the film won't be complete until March 2012, online episodes will be released every three weeks from mid-November through March -- eight in total. Check out the teaser that dropped this week.